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Technology in Action Conference: Looking forward to 2014

This is the sixth and final in a series of posts on key presentations from Emerson’s 2013 Technology in Action Conference.

Our annual Technology in Action Conference (TAC) is a customer event for retailers to learn from industry leaders and Emerson experts on best practices to measure, manage, optimize and sustain operational improvements.

Mark Dunson, President of Retail Solutions, kicks off the 2013 Technology in Action Conference in Savannah, Georgia

Mark Dunson, President of Retail Solutions, kicks off the 2013 Technology in Action Conference in Savannah, Georgia

At this year’s conference, we introduced a more interactive format. The use of panel discussions encouraged more engagement with attendees in the sessions. Mark Dunson, president of Retail Solutions, moderated the first of our three panel discussions, focusing on Big Data in Operations, which added value not only to this particular discussion, but also to conversations around the “big data” theme throughout the conference.

“This year’s conference not only focused on new technologies to directly address the issues our customers are facing, but it also highlighted how to leverage the significant amount of operational data available to drive insights to action,” Mark said.

Emerson customer, Eric Johnson, director of construction for Brookshire Brothers, has attended TAC for the past five years. Eric values the knowledge he has gained throughout the years from the TAC sessions, as well as the network of connections he has gained from being a part of this event.

See Eric and Mark’s reactions to the conference in this video.

We were pleased with the feedback received from TAC attendees about this year’s conference, and we will continue to explore ways to improve the content for our customers.  We are already looking forward to the 2014 Technology in Action Conference. For more information on TAC, visit www.emersontac.org.

What topics would you like to see at the 2014 Technology in Action Conference?

Reggie O’Donoghue
Director of Marketing, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

Technology in Action: The Evolution of Facility Management Technology

This is the fifth in a series of posts on key presentations from Emerson’s 2013 Technology in Action Conference.

Facility management technology has changed dramatically over the past couple decades. In a general session at our 2013 Technology in Action Conference (TAC), John Wallace, director of product management at Retail Solutions, discussed this evolution of technology and provided a glimpse into the future of where controller technology is heading.

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Speaker Steve Mitchell of King Kullen shares his experience with case controls in a TAC general session

In addition to discussing the history of facility management systems and the various control strategies employed by retailers globally, TAC attendees also heard from a supermarket end user, Steve Mitchell, director of mechanical engineering at King Kullen, on his experience with these technologies over the last 30 years.

Headquartered in New York, King Kullen is known as “America’s first supermarket” and currently operates 46 stores. Steve shared his experience with the progression of case controls over the years, showing attendees the value in changing your control architecture to reduce costs and achieve energy savings.

See John talk about the session in this video and view the full presentation shared by John and Steve on the TAC website.

What technologies does your business use today to manage your facilities?

Reggie O’Donoghue
Director of Marketing, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

Technology in Action: Better Enterprise Management

This is the fourth in a series of posts on key presentations from Emerson’s 2013 Technology in Action Conference. 

In a 2013 Technology in Action Conference (TAC) session, Retail Solutions product managers Sam Smith and Randy Stocker shared their knowledge on setting up store controllers for better enterprise management with attendees.

Sam discussed best practices for improving energy and store management. He shared insight into effectively managing logs and filtering alarms based on priority in order to get usable data to your enterprise for troubleshooting and better enterprise management.

In addition, Randy talked about how using a standard nomenclature for equipment can make a significant difference in efficiently and effectively managing alarms. Because of Emerson’s experience with alarm monitoring and management through its ProAct Service Center, we provide naming recommendations to our customers for consistency.

Watch this video to see Sam and Randy talk about the key takeaways from their session and learn more about TAC here.

Reggie O’Donoghue
Director of Marketing, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

Technology in Action: Advanced Condition Based Maintenance

This is the third in a series of posts on key presentations from Emerson’s 2013 Technology in Action Conference.

What is condition based maintenance? In a 2013 Technology in Action Conference (TAC) session, Jim Mitchell, Retail Solutions product manager, discusses this Emerson service, which is similar to predictive maintenance and consists of performing maintenance based on the condition of equipment.

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One of our earlier posts discusses the basics of condition based maintenance, including the questions it can answer for your retail business. Jim gave TAC attendees an overview of this service, in which he often describes as similar to the diagnostics systems in cars today, which alert us when it is time for an oil change or to replace an air filter.

Emerson conducted field testing on its condition based maintenance service and Jim shared some of the results with TAC attendees. We found that with our slow leak algorithm, we were able to detect about 50 percent of preventable leaks.

To learn more about condition based maintenance, see Jim in this video about his session and view his full presentation on the TAC website.

What are your biggest maintenance concerns?

Reggie O’Donoghue
Director of Marketing, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

It’s a Wrap: Technology in Action Conference Was a Rousing Success

It’s been only a few weeks since Emerson Climate Technologies hosted our Technology in Action Conference, but the buzz surrounding the event is still palpable. After talking with participants, distinguished panelists and facilitators, the general sentiment is unanimous: this year’s conference was a huge success. The interactive format of the panel discussions served as a foundation for lively conversations and active debates, as intended. The confluence of supermarket industry thought leaders and emerging technology pioneers helped to keep the discussions going throughout the event, many of which will likely resonate for quite some time. For those who participated and attended, I want to sincerely thank you for your contributions in making the 2013 Technology in Action Conference our best event yet.

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a quick wrap-up of the conversations that we engaged in this year. The panel discussions were definitely a highlight, and it’s worth reiterating their intent and takeaways.

The Challenges of Big Data in Facility Management — Attendees learned how the panelists handle ever-increasing amounts of operational data, what key performance indicators they monitor, and what insights they’ve gained to improve their facilities. We all benefited from the experiences of the distinguished panelists, including representatives of QuikTrip Corporation, Dollar General and Delhaize America Shared Services Group. This knowledgeable combination of retailers and data analytics professionals addressed trends, opportunities and challenges for businesses, as ever-present data collection leads to increasingly larger data sets.

Synthetic and Natural Refrigerant Options for Supermarkets — Participants debated the merits of the latest refrigerant options to learn how supermarkets can better improve their bottom line in this ever-changing regulatory environment. Representatives of DuPont, Honeywell, Star Refrigeration and the University of Maryland comprised an expert panel that discussed current global refrigerant trends and regulatory updates impacting supermarkets. The resulting discussion centered on the following topics: the emerging lower GWP refrigerant options to replace R404A; the R&D status for HFO replacement blends and CO2 solutions; and the benefits of having a refrigeration management plan in place as you transition away from R22.

Panel Discussion at TAC 2013

Panel Discussion at TAC 2013

Advanced Supermarket Refrigeration Systems — Panelists from Hillphoenix, Hussmann, Heatcraft, Zero Zone and VaCom Technologies invited attendees to join the debate on how refrigeration systems help supermarkets achieve their merchandising, operations and sustainability goals. Discussion points included: best practices for optimizing new and existing refrigeration systems; how refrigeration system options are being driven by increasingly complex and diverse retailer objectives; and the importance of system commissioning and training for installers and maintenance personnel.

As a moderator for the Advanced Supermarket Refrigeration Systems panel discussion, I was particularly encouraged by the tenor of debates and breadth of substance that was addressed. I think this is directly attributable to the open floor format, which allowed attendees to provide valuable input that may have otherwise been missing. I’m encouraged that this year’s format was a success, and I’m looking forward to the possibilities for TAC 2014!

Don Newlon
VP, Marketing and GM Integrated Products
Emerson Climate Technologies

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